Falaknuma palace. First you come to a long driveway, then you come to a gate where you are checked on a list (dinner reservation), then you drive to the gated archway where they take your car, then you hop onto a Disneyland style cart where you are taken to the gate that lies just below the palace. When you enter the palace you walk through several foyers into a soccer field sized fountain garden that you follow to your final destination. Needless to say, it was quite an experience!
We enjoyed our dinner with friends Nivedita and Debu and then wandered, finding the other restaurant in a stunning open air veranda!
Golconda Fort. When you drive to the fort, first you enter the outer wall and get a sense of what it might be like to live in a fortress village. Then you enter the fort itself which is surrounded by the inner wall.
There is a hindu shrine at the top. Here I am making new friends 🙂
Rahul and I were accosted by a small army of young schoolgirls who were bussed in from outside of the city. Rahul says that many of them may have never seen a white person. The girl in the purple scarf is Manjula, the same name as Rahul’s mother.